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The Cardinal Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 8, 2008
It's nothing more than a kitsch take on the good and bad of the Catholic Church, but it has the chutzpah to pose as a work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: C

TV Guide
October 23, 2007
With an hour cut out of it, this might have been a landmark picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
This is an extremely well constructed film, made with a balance that keeps its overflowing plot line in perfect control.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Risible script based on a doorstop novel by Henry Morton Robinson, but handled by Preminger with tremendous panache; worth seeing just for the incredible skill and flair with which he stages the action and moves the camera.
Emanuel Levy
June 15, 2005
Thematically, Preminger's drama about internal church politics is most intriguing; too bad that the lead, Tom Tryon, is miscast.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Crum
June 8, 2005
Implausible epic telling of Tom Tryon as courageous priest has great Moross score.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
he end is a great letdown from what Mr. Preminger might have accomplished with the 1950 novel of Henry Morton Robinson. There is no strong flow of spirit through it. Even the melodrama is perfunctory and weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John A. Nesbit
July 15, 2003
I lasted a little over halfway through before figuring that it wasn't going to get any better...
| Original Score: 2/5

May 24, 2003
A compulsively watchable if distorted history lesson
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 15, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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